Fractional Ablative Skin Resurfacing

Whether you’re looking to erase severe acne scars, stretch marks, pigmentation issues, or wrinkles, fractional ablative skin resurfacing with the Cynosure Icon™ 2940 laser technology offers unparalleled results. To learn more about this ground-breaking restorative treatment, call or book an appointment online with Dr. Liliana Manrique at NewEraLift serving the Vienna and Tysons Corner areas.

by Liliana Manrique, MD

What are the benefits of fractional ablative skin resurfacing?

Fractional ablative skin resurfacing creates multiple micro-thermal (heat) zones that vaporize the outer layer of the skin, stimulating collagen production and causing the skin to self-heal. Fractional ablative lasers penetrate through the surface into the deeper layers of the skin where they can significantly improve the appearance of acne scars, deeper wrinkles, and hyperpigmentation. Fractional ablative resurfacing treatments deliver the potency of typical ablative treatments without the significant side effects and prolonged downtime.

What is the Cynosure Icon 2940 laser?

The FDA-cleared Cynosure Icon 2940 laser system provides cutting-edge technology for highly efficient, comprehensive treatments that have been proven to reverse visible signs of aging, scars, and hyperpigmentation (dark spots from photo damage). It’s also the first FDA-cleared laser for the treatment of stretch marks. This one-time treatment provides dramatic results with minimal downtime.

What conditions do fractional ablative skin resurfacing lasers treat?

Ablative fractional skin resurfacing uses a highly versatile laser that can be adapted to treat a wide variety of skin conditions, including:

  • Fine lines and wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet
  • Sun damage
  • Marionette lines around the mouth
  • Acne scars
  • Hyperpigmentation
  • Birthmarks
  • Benign skin growths
  • Large pores
  • Uneven skin texture
  • Scars
  • Overall tone

How is the ablative Cynosure Icon 2940 laser different from the non-ablative Cynosure Icon 1540?

Fractional ablative lasers are stronger than their non-ablative counterparts. With the fractional ablative technology, one treatment can provide an incredibly noticeable improvement in skin texture and tone.

Fractional ablative Cynosure Icon 2940 is designed for correction of moderate-severe photoaging usually in a single treatment.

Non-ablative Cynosure 1540 is a milder laser. It can improve mild to moderate skin damage with little to no downtime. Usually, three treatments are required.

The new 2940 fractional laser removes the deeper fine lines and wrinkles on the skin, even those more resilient lines around the lips known as “smoker’s lines”.

The Cynosure Icon 2940 laser system offers dramatic results that can make you look younger without the risks and lengthy downtime involved with an invasive facelift, other surgeries or aggressive ablative laser treatments. If you want to smooth out those fine lines and wrinkles or repair other skin damage, Dr. Manrique can help you develop a comprehensive treatment plan at NewEraLift.

How Fractional Non Ablative Laser is Performed

Ablative erbium Fractional laser is performed under topical anesthesia The sensation most patients describe feeling during a treatment is like having a rubber band snapped lightly on your skin. Some patients say it feels like a sunburn sensation.

How Long is the Downtime and What is the Aftercare?

After a fractional non-ablative laser treatment, you can go back to your normal routine in approximate 5 days. The patients experience some temporary swelling and crusting following a treatment. Dr. Manrique will recommend to you a personalized post laser skin care routine for optimal results.

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